A drunk man was caught smoking underneath the New York City subway Monday.
Rafael Gonzalez, 52, managed to survive after smoking a cigarette while heavily inebriated underneath a B train heading to Grand Street Station, reported the New York Post. Despite passengers urging the man to get out of harm’s way, he did not budge, deciding to keep smoking his cigarette and ducking under a subway car as it came through a tunnel.
Another witness managed to get the subway to stop, though Gonzalez still refused to move. At one moment, passengers thought he was dead. Finally, passengers managed to get him out from underneath the subway and off the tracks.
“I can’t believe he didn’t get hit, and I can’t believe that I was the only one who tried to grab him,” said Shon Mogharabi, according to the New York Post. “He looked like he knew what he was doing like he does this all the time,” he added.
Firefighters then came to the scene despite Gonzalez trying to skirt authority. The disruption caused train-rerouting for a half an hour.
Mogharabi also managed to capture the shocking incident on camera, reported Metro News.
Gonzalez was not arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital. He has a criminal record of 19 arrests.
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